|Martin Folkes and Joseph Addison are depicted (circa 1715) |
in Button's Coffee House.
Illustration by William Hogarth.
|Site of Button's Coffee House on |
Russell Street near Covent Garden
Inside, poets, playwrights, journalists and members of the public gathered around long wooden tables drinking, thinking, writing and discussing literature into the night. Nailed to the wall, near where the Starbucks community notice board now stands, was the white marble head of a lion with wide-open jaws. The public was invited to feed it with letters, limericks, and stories; the best of the lion’s digest were published in a weekly edition of Joseph Addison’s Guardian newspaper, entitled ‘the roarings of the lion’.
Here’s a modern coffee house in London that is old and well respected today:
Algerian Coffee Stores, 52 Old Compton Street, W1D 4PB; algcoffee.co.uk